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Sleep Apnea Program

Sleep Apnea Program

A specialized team of sleep experts at Winter Park Memorial Hospital ensures that sleep apnea sufferers receive today’s most accurate diagnoses and most effective treatments. Supported by a host of advanced treatments, both surgical and non-invasive, our physicians and surgeons are able to return patients to a normal sleep pattern, and eliminate the fatigue and loud snoring that accompany sleep apnea. In fact, Winter Park Memorial Hospital was the first to perform a Trans Robotic Lingual procedure, a very successful treatment designed to cure chronic sleep apnea.

If you experience daytime drowsiness or have trouble sleeping at night, you may have a sleep disorder. A Sleep Study with Winter Park Memorial Hospital can help accurately diagnose your condition. Contact us online, or call (407) 303-DOCS (3627) to find out about your options.

Treating Mild to Severe Sleep Apnea

In mild cases of sleep apnea, conservative therapy may be all that is needed, such as:

  • Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills
  • Changing sleep positions to promote regular breathing
  • Quitting smoking (smoking can increase the swelling in the upper airway, which may worsen both snoring and apnea)
  • Avoiding sleeping on your back

When conservative approaches do not work, surgery may be required. Depending on our patients’ individual diagnoses, conditions and needs, we determine the most appropriate treatment approach. Proven for their ability to reverse sleep apnea, we employ the following surgical treatments:

Genioglossal - Effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea with success rates of above fifty percent, this surgical procedure involves an attachment that pulls the base of the tongue forward and down to increase the size of the airway.

Hyoid Suspension – Typically completed in less than an hour, Hyoid Suspension anchors the hyoid bone in place, reducing airway blockage.

Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulations (UAS) - Therapy Inspire therapy is a new FDA-approved option for people unable to use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). It’s a small, fully implanted system that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles. Being a minimally invasive procedure, Inspire may be implanted during an outpatient visit, or your doctor may choose to keep you overnight.

Somnoplasty - Using very low levels of radiofrequency heat energy, somnoplasty removes tissues of the uvula and soft palate to create more space in the passageway. The procedure is typically completed in less than an hour and is performed in an outpatient setting.

Somnoguard® - Designed for mild or moderate sleep apnea, this custom-fit plastic device is worn in the mouth at night to lower the jaw slightly forward, creating a larger, more stable passageway for air to pass through.

Robotic Lingual Tonsillectomy - Considered one of the latest advances Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) treatment, the Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) procedure uses the da Vinci® Robot-Assisted Surgical System. Benefits to patients include reduced discomfort and a significantly reduced recovery time when compared with traditional, open methods to treat OSA.

UPPP - Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) makes the airway wider by removing excess tissue in the throat.

Snoreplasty – Considered highly effective and involving little pain with virtually no recovery time, this minimally-invasive, in-office procedure reduces snoring by decreasing flutter of the palate with an injection that stiffens the roof of the mouth.

Transoral Robotic Lingual Tonsillectomy - Winter Park Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Central Florida to perform this computer-assisted, minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces sleep apnea symptoms with less discomfort and a shorter recovery time when compared to the older, open lingual tonsillectomy procedure.

Consultations for these snoring and sleep apnea procedures are available with our board-certified physicians. Contact us online, or call (407) 303-DOCS (3627) to find out if a sleep apnea treatment is right for you.